Community Colleges address health care worker shortage, help 2,250 students find employment

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The Missouri Community College Association worked alongside 13 Missouri colleges to launch a four year expansion of health care education, which has now helped 4,251 students across the state access training and gain the skills needed to enter the health care industry.

Through the MoHealthWINs program, MCCA managed a $19.9 million federal grant which was distributed across the state to fund various programs at the colleges. With those funds, the colleges were able to help students achieve nearly 11,000 industry-recognized credentials. Of the students that completed the program, 80 percent are now employed.

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The MoHealthWINs grant, which ended this year, provided funding for students to receive training in four career pathways: health informatics, therapeutic services, diagnostic services and support services.

“The MoHealthWINS grant enabled St. Charles Community College to serve more students, preparing them for high demand careers in health care,” Dr. Ron Chesbrough, MCCA chairman and president of St. Charles Community College said. “Our industry partners were impressed with the curricula and thorough training the students received. Our faculty led the effort with dedication and innovation.”

More than 229 businesses and agencies became industry partners to MoHealthWINs colleges. These businesses provided input on the design of the academic programs, offered internships and hands-on experience for students, and in many cases offered employment opportunities upon graduation.

“The grant bridged the gap between industries searching for qualified workers and workers seeking training for well-paying jobs,” Rob Dixon, president and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association said. “Each college reached out to local industry partners to learn their employment needs and designed curricula that provided the academic background to fulfill them. Additionally, innovations introduced by MoHealthWINs are helping the colleges improve completion rates, developmental education and digital literacy for their students.”

The federal funds were provided through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. The program targeted Trade Act Assistance workers, veterans, unemployed, underemployed and low skilled workers.

The Missouri Community College Association managed the grant for Missouri’s 12 community colleges and one state technical college. Two further rounds of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program are currently underway. To learn how MoManufacturingWINs and MoStemWINs are impacting the state, click here.